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  1. Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading silks
  2. Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading juniors

Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading silks

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    • Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC - Westwater Advocates β€˜Very experienced across a purview of environmental law matters.’
    • Douglas Armstrong QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has in depth knowledge of planning law and is excellent on his feet.’
    • Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜She is very self assured in court.’
    • James Findlay QC (silk in England, Scotland and Wales) Terra Firma Chambers β€˜An authoritative silk.’
    • Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a commanding presence in court.’
    • Marcus McKay QC - Ampersand β€˜He is very experienced in renewable energy matters.’
    • James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜He provides clear, succinct advice.’
    • Gordon Steele QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He focuses on achieving the best result for his clients.’
    • Malcolm Thomson QC - Ampersand β€˜He commands the respect of the bench.’
    • Ailsa Wilson QC - Ampersand β€˜A resourceful and determined advocate.’

Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading juniors

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    • Gavin Anderson - Compass Chambers β€˜Experienced in environmental prosecution work.’
    • Scott Blair - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a thorough approach to licensing cases.’
    • Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He prepares well, and has a keen eye for detail.’
    • Graham Dunlop - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has extensive knowledge of planning matters.’
    • Robert Skinner - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜An expert in licensing cases.’
    • Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen - Ampersand β€˜A safe pair of hands.’

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Members of Ampersand have solid experience in planning and environmental law matters. Energy and infrastructure projects form core areas of instruction for the team, with recent cases pertaining to challenges to wind farm and power line developments.

Recent work for Axiom Advocates’ team includes acting for local authorities and the Scottish government in cases regarding challenges to major building projects and wind farm developments.

Compass Chambers houses Gavin Anderson, who joined from Westwater Advocates in June 2018 and is well known for his practice in environmental criminal cases.

For one solicitor, Terra Firma Chambers is β€˜the leading planning chambers in Scotland’. The advocates’ recent workload includes acting for developers, individuals and local authorities in proposals for housing developments, as well as wind farms and other energy projects. Scott Blair and Robert Skinner are well known for their expertise in licensing matters pertaining to, among other areas, gambling, alcohol and taxi licences. In 2018, England and Wales silk James Findlay QC was appointed a silk in Scotland.

Westwater Advocates handles a broad spectrum of planning and environmental matters; past work includes renewable energy matters, nature conservation, planning applications, rural property and crofting cases. In June 2018 Gavin Anderson moved to Compass Chambers.

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